It's not what you do,

it's how you do it.


Entrepreneur, writer and speaker focused on leadership, life and social justice

Ashley Stanley is a born and bred Bostonian. Since founding Lovin’ Spoonfuls in 2010, more than 20 million pounds of fresh, healthy food has been rescued and brought into the social service stream. She has created unparalleled awareness for food rescue, with dedication to addressing hunger relief, climate change and health equity.


In 2011, the Boston Business Journal named her an ‘Emerging Leader.’ In 2012, Lovin’ Spoonfuls was a two-time winner of the Mass Challenge competition. In 2013, Ashley was selected as one of the BBJ’s 2013 ’40 under 40’ and served as a fellow at The Nantucket Project. In 2014, Ashley was recognized by The Boston Globe as a ‘Game Changer’ and in Boston Magazine‘s ‘Power of Ideas.’  She is an Oxfam International’s Sisters of the Planet Ambassador, a member of TEDWomen, and a TEDx community speaker. She’s been featured on NPR and written for The Huffington Post.



  • Generate meaningful and human-centered outcomes 

  • Challenge traditional and outdated ideas

  • Bring bold, simple and effective perspective to their personal and professional lives

Speaking and Thought Leadership

In addition to participating in conferences, summits and panels across the country, Ashley is a regular speaker/lecturer at Harvard, MIT and Boston University's Questrom School of Business. 


City Awake by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce (Spring 2021)

WATCH: Words of Wisdom featuring Lovin' Spoonfuls

TEDx Beacon Street (Summer 2020)

WATCH: Rethink Your Purpose, Repair The World


Work and Food Justice

Since 2010, Ashley has been a vocal advocate for food rescue, leading the charge for food justice in Massachusetts. 

Bridging the gap between abundance and need, Ashley's organization, Lovin' Spoonfuls, provides over 80,000 pounds of fresh, perishable food to those who need it most in over 40 communities, feeding over 30,000 each week.

Though a direct distribution model, Lovin' Spoonfuls provides direct, same-day deliveries on a regular schedule, enabling beneficiaries to depend on the service and products. 

"We are all similar in our human condition, starting, at a minimum, with a common experience through food." 

- Ashley Stanley 




Articles, Ideas & Podcasts

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Lessons learned and questions answered

Ashley reflects on Lovin' Spoonfuls' first season of Learning with Lovin' and answers 'how-to' questions about starting a non-profit.


Words of Wisdom with Ashley Stanley

Ashley joins the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce to discuss how Lovin' Spoonfuls shifted during the pandemic.


In Vaccine Roll-Out Access is Key

Ashley applies lessons learned from feeding people facing food insecurity to the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.